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Report: Mellanox ConnectX Ethernet NICs Outperforming Competition

Today Mellanox announced that laboratory tests by The Tolly Group prove its ConnectX 25GE Ethernet adapter significantly outperforms the Broadcom NetXtreme E series adapter in terms of performance, scalability and efficiency. “Our testing shows that with RoCE, storage traffic, and DPDK, the Mellanox NIC outperformed the Broadcom NIC in throughput and efficient CPU utilization. ConnectX-5 also used ‘Zero-Touch RoCE’ to deliver high throughput even with partial and no congestion control, two scenarios where Broadcom declined to be tested.”

Podcast: Building AI Datacenters with NVIDIA DGX Reference Architectures

In this podcast, Lee Carter from Bright Computing and Carlo Ruiz from NVIDIA discuss building datacenters with NVIDIA DGX Reference Architectures. “NVIDIA DGX servers managed by Bright Cluster Manager deliver the perfect balance of increased concurrency for handling data science workloads, the massive compute requirements associated with those workloads, and the seamless management of all resources across the HPC cluster. Join this podcast to learn more about the power behind this partnership.”

Study finds On-Premise Systems Critical to Enterprise AI

Today Cray released the findings of its industry report on the State of Enterprise AI Adoption 2019, which reveals that performance, data locality and security are the top considerations for choosing an AI infrastructure. “The survey assessed whether organizations and individuals are prepared to run AI effectively and to take advantage of the capabilities it offers.”

Exxact Releases New eBook “Getting Started with Deep Learning”

Today Exxact Corporation, a leading provider of High Performance Computing (HPC) and GPU-accelerated deep learning solutions, announced that their new, comprehensive eBook: “Getting Started with Deep Learning” is now available globally for free digital download. “We’ve condensed everything we’ve learned from building state of the art deep learning systems for some of the top research institutes and fortune 500 companies, so that whoever reads this can plan strategically and avoid costly errors.”

Panasas Powers Energy Exploration at Magseis Fairfield

Today Panasas announced the release of a case study featuring the marine survey activities of Panasas customer Magseis Fairfield, a Norway-based geophysics firm that provides ocean bottom seismic acquisition services for exploration and production (E&P) companies. Magseis Fairfield deploys the Panasas ActiveStor appliance for remote storage support in rugged off-shore environments around the world, where it acquires and stores large amounts of seismic 3D and 4D data used to create highly accurate reservoir models that help reduce the risk of drilling errors, avoid unnecessary disruption of natural sites, and streamline resource extraction.

Leadership Performance with 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

According to Intel, its new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor family includes Intel Deep Learning Boost for AI deep learning inference acceleration, fresh features and support for Intel Octane DC (data center) persistent memory, and more. Learn more about the offerings in a new issue of Parallel Universe Magazine.

Thermoplastic Connectors Grow in Popularity Along with Liquid Cooling

As liquid cooling becomes more and more prevalent, new technology and types of connectors are becoming water cooler topics for those in the data and computing industries. According to a new report from CPC, long-term, leak-free performance in fluid management systems requires robust connectors. And advanced materials are growing the range of available QD options.

White Paper: Basement Supercomputer beats Amazon EC2 on Cost and Performance

The good folks at Basement Supercomputing have published a white paper comparing one of the company’s on-prem Limulus personal HPC appliance to Amazon EC2 Cloud instances. The economics are quite interesting. “In this careful study equivalent EC2 cluster instances were configured using current pricing (Spring 2019). A comparison of Basement Supercomputing Limulus appliance workstations with the Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is presented. The capabilities of both approaches are discussed along with a detailed comparison of two Limulus appliance designs.”

Active Archive Alliance Report: Solving Data Growth Challenges

According to this new report, “Archival data is piling up faster than ever as organizations are quickly learning the value of analyzing vast amounts of previously untapped digital data. The need to securely store, search for, retrieve and analyze massive volumes of archival content is fueling new and more effective advancements in archive solutions.”

New Paper Surveys Micron’s Automata Processor

“Micron’s automata processor (AP) exploits massively parallel in-memory processing capability of DRAM for executing NFAs and hence, it can provide orders of magnitude performance improvement compared to traditional architectures. This paper presents a survey of techniques that propose architectural optimizations to AP and use it for accelerating problems from various application domains such as bioinformatics, data-mining, network security, natural language, high-energy physics, etc.”